The Towson University Institutional Review Board (IRB) follows a monthly deadline
system for application submissions and reviews. Read further on for how the process
Next Deadline: August 17th
All applications must use the NEW application forms. These submissions will follow the deadline and review process as outlined below.
If you are submitting a request for Standard or Full Board review, you must submit
all materials no later than the next deadline date.
IRB Over the Summer
Applications will still be accepted and processed over the summer, but NO IRB meetings
will take place during this time. This means any application requiring full board review will not be reviewed and discussed
until the next IRB meeting, Friday August 17th.
Please also note that IRB reviewers are on break over the summer as well, and that
although the IRB tries their best to follow the normal review timelines for accelerated
and standard review, there may be a delay in receiving review comments/approvals.
A note to help get you started
The PI Manual
A Principal investigator (PI) manual (PDF/DOCX) has been developed to help researchers navigate the IRB process and complete their
application. The IRB strongly suggests that all researchers refer to this manual when preparing their proposals. Click on
a topic within the Table of Contents to go directly to the section you wish to read.
The IRB reviews all proposals for human subjects' research before the research is conducted to ensure that the research plan adequately protects human
Steps to Submission, Review and Approval
- Determine if your research requires IRB review. Not all research requires review and
approval from the IRB. Your research must meet the definition of Human Subjects Research. Visit the PI (principal investigator) manual for more information on this.
- Determine the next deadline date you must submit all materials by. (*See below for
the most up-to-date information.)
If you are a student investigator: find a faculty advisor who will oversee and help guide you through your research.
You must have a faculty advisor in order for your study to be reviewed and approved.
Complete CITI Human Subjects Training. Please note that all investigators who are directly involved with human subjects and data collection/analysis must complete training. Please be mindful of who is considered a co-investigator and is directly involved
with human subjects and data collection/analysis.
Applications will not move forward to review until certificates of completion have
been received from ALL study personnel.
Determine if your research falls under accelerated, standard, or full board review. You will need to know which kind of review your research will fall under in order
to submit the appropriate application form (Request for Accelerated Review or Request
for Standard or Full Board Application).
Note: Handwritten applications WILL NOT be accepted. All applications must be typed
- Complete your application, attach all supporting documents, necessary signatures,
CITI certificates, and either (1) submit electronically to irb AT_TOWSON or (2) mail to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.
NOTE: The IRB no longer accepts application drop-offs. All applications must be directly emailed or mailed.
Each month has a deadline for when applications requesting standard or full board
review must be submitted by in order to be reviewed and approved within a 2-3 week
time-frame of the deadline date. This is to guarantee that you will hear back on the
status of your application by a certain date (usually by the 2nd or 3rd Friday of
the following month).
Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of the month. Applications received after this date WILL NOT be sent for review until the next deadline.
NOTE: IRB meeting dates may be cancelled if no requests for Full Board review are
Click here to download a copy of the Fall 2018 IRB deadlines outlined below.
2018-2019 IRB MONTHLY SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
The University will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 21 – November
23. Applications may be submitted during this time, but reviews will not be taking
place during this time.
The deadline for December is one week sooner due to the University being CLOSED for
Winter Break from December 24 - January 1. You may submit applications throughout
the break; however, no reviews will take place during this time and there will be
a delay in receiving review comments. You can expect to receive comments in mid-January.
Spring Break is from March 17-March 24. Reviewing faculty will not be reviewing applications
during this time. Please note that you will receive comments one week later than normal.
Spring deadline and meeting dates to be posted at a later date.
||IRB Meeting Dates
||December 14 (tentative)
||January 18 (tentative)
*Spring 2019 deadlines and meetings to be posted at a later date.
Note to early applicants
TU adheres to a strict deadline in order to promote fairness in review length timelines.
Should you submit your application in advance of the next deadline, please note that
your application will be processed, but will not be submitted for review to an IRB reviewer until that deadline date.